SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Junior middle hitter, Jennifer Keddy, has been named the 2011 Big West Conference Women's Volleyball Player of the Year while sophomore Kristina Graven earned first-team accolades it was announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
Aside from pacing the Big West Conference with a 4.06 kill average, Keddy ranked in the league's Top 10 in three categories.
The 6-4 middle blocker currently sits third in hitting percentage with a .339 clip and blocks with a 1.22 average. Keddy's 4.85 points per set average ranks first in the Big West and 22nd in the nation. Her all-around skills include 1.76 digs per set with her career-high 19 coming against UC Irvine.
Hailing from Missoula, Mont., Keddy collected three Big West Player of the Week awards this season, with the most recent coming this week after tallying her eighth double-double of the season (16 kills,11 digs).
Earlier this season, she became the first Mustang to earn Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) National Player of the Week accolades. She did so back on Oct. 18, after posting a pair of career-highs with 22 kills and 17 digs. Latter in the season she established a new career-high of 28 kills against UC Irvine.
Keddy is the second Cal Poly player to earn the Big West Player of the Year award after former Mustang Kylie Atherstone picked up consecutive player of the year honors in 2006 and 2007.
For Keddy it was her second first-team selection and she was also named to the all-freshmen team.
Joining Keddy on the first team was Graven. For the outside hitter it was her second selection in two years as she was also named the conference freshman of the year last season.
Graven averaged 3.40 kills, 2.31 digs and 0.41 blocks per set. She posted 21 matches with 10 or more kills and 12 matches with 10 or more digs.
She recorded season-highs of 28 kills against Long Beach State and 15 digs against UC Irvine.
Keddy and Graven became the 35th and 36th Mustangs to receive first-team honors in the Big West Conference.